Pocono: Can Toyota keep its streak alive in Truck Series?

 

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Of the 10 truck races this season, KBM has won eight of them. Toyota has 12 consecutive victories in the series, a record streak that dates back to November 2013 at Phoenix. Kyle Busch has won all five of the truck events he has competed in this year. Erik Jones, driving KBM's No. 51 Toyota in a partial schedule this season, took the checkered flag at Iowa on July 11.

Jones is scheduled to drive the No. 51 in Saturday's race at Pocono. It will be the first time he competes at this 2.5-mile triangular-shaped track. Wallace finished seventh here during his rookie season last year.

"We definitely have momentum on our side this weekend, as we go to the 'Tricky Triangle' [Pocono]," Wallace said. "We had a fast Toyota Tundra last year at Pocono, but I made a rookie mistake early in the race, and we had to battle back from that in what is our shortest race of the season.

"I know [crew chief] Jerry [Baxter] and the guys have prepared a great Tundra for us this weekend, and now I need to do my part. Pocono is known as the 'Tricky Triangle' for a reason, but hopefully we can figure it out and keep Toyota's streak alive in the Truck Series."

This will be the fifth time the series competes at Pocono. A Chevrolet driver won the first three races here -- 2010 (Elliott Sadler), 2011 (Kevin Harvick) and 2012 (Joey Coulter). Blaney drove his Ford to victory lane at this track last year.

"Pocono has been really good to us," Blaney said. "We had a good truck last year, and it worked out to our favor where we ended up winning the race. It's always nice going back to tracks where you've won at before. It just gives you and your team a little extra confidence. You always think you can go back there and win that same race again."

This year's truck race at Pocono has been increased in distance from 125 miles (50 laps) to 150 miles (60 laps).

Thirty-two teams are on the entry list for the Pocono Mountains 150.

Series: NASCAR Camping World. Date: Saturday, Aug. 2. Race: Pocono Mountains 150. Site: Pocono Raceway. Track: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track. Start time: 1 p.m. ET. Laps: 60. Miles: 150. 2013 Winner: Ryan Blaney. Television: FOX Sports 1. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.

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